Wednesday, 31 August 2016
The Building Amendment (Construction of Swimming Pools and Spas) Regulations 2016 will come into effect on 3 October 2016. The regulations reduce red-tape by aligning the completion periods for building work relating to a swimming pool or spa and any associated barrier or safety equipment with the completion period for other building work that is being carried out concurrently on an allotment.
When calculating the completion date, the Relevant Building Surveyor (RBS) should only consider building permits that are in force at the time that the building permit for the construction of the swimming pool or spa is issued.
If other building work is not being carried out concurrently on the same allotment at the time that a building permit for the construction of a swimming pool or spa is issued, the building permit for the construction of a swimming pool or spa must require that the building work is complete within 6 months after the building work commences.
A new note has been inserted to draw to attention to the ongoing obligation to ensure that all excavations are fenced or otherwise guarded against being a danger to life or property before and during the carrying out of building work. A swimming pool or spa must continue to be fenced in accordance with regulation 604(3) of the Building Regulations 2006 until the safety barrier that is required by the building permit is completed.
A copy of the amending regulations is available at legislation.vic.gov.au.